Each and every time you get in a car, do you feel as safe as you possibly can be?
For many individuals, the answer to that question is likely no.
Even with major advancements in technology, advancement that were put in place to making the driving experience as safe as can be, accidents still occur way too often. When they do, they can certainly end up having deadly consequences. As recently as 2015, more than 38,000 people lost their lives on America’s roadways.
That said automakers and tech providers are doing all they can to make being out on the roads safer, yet it really takes both the vehicle and the driver to partner up in making safety a priority.
With that in mind, just how safe is that vehicle that you’re riding in?
Vehicle Technology Driven to Focus on Safety
With automakers and tech providers always searching for ways to improve upon vehicle safety, their efforts are saving more lives, this despite the fact as mentioned a moment ago that more than 38,000 people perished less than two years go on the nation’s roads.
Among some of the better innovations in recent times:
- Backup camera systems – Backup camera systems for car safety (and other vehicles like trucks, RV’s etc.) have proven to be quite worthwhile, providing drivers with the ability to see behind them in backing up in a parking lot, out of a driveway etc.
- Lane departure systems – Whether through distractions (cell phones, eating, talking to passengers etc.) or drowsiness, many drivers will oftentimes slowly veer from one lane to another. In doing so, it can be an accident waiting to happen. Lane departure system alerts tell the driver to correct his or her driving at that precise time to avoid an accident.
- Collision-avoidance systems – Lastly, collision-avoidance systems help to reduce the chances of rear-ending someone in front of you. The technology of built-in sensors alerts the driver to a possible impending collision, allowing him or her/the vehicle itself to react in time.
Driver’s Role Still Crucial
Even with more technology coming into the auto marketplace, the role of the driver can never be overlooked.
When you stop to see what kind of driver you are, look at the following areas:
- Concentration – Are you someone who can get easily distracted behind the wheel? If so, you are likely an accident waiting to happen. Always put 100 percent focus behind your driving efforts.
- Recklessness – Do you like to speed, weave in and out of traffic, and perhaps even tailgate other drivers? In the event you do, you put both yourself and others at risk. Always obey the rules of the road.
- Drinking – Finally, although you’ve likely heard about the dangers of drinking and driving over and over again, do you really listen? Just one DUI can have a major impact on your life, possibly even deadly consequences. The bottom line, don’t drink and drive no matter how much alcohol you think you can handle.
With vehicle technology and how you act behind the wheel both proving crucial, there is still no 100 percent guarantee you will avoid an accident or two in your lifetime.
Given how a serious auto accident can have major physical and financial repercussions on your life and those around you, do your best to steer clear of them.
Much of that starts and ends with just how safe that vehicle truly is that you are riding in.
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